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Boosted's new electric skateboards go further, ride smoother

Engadget Engadget 19/05/2016 Jamie Rigg
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Many a short journey has been livened up with one of Boosted's electric skateboards underfoot, but after selling the same line-up for a few years now, it's time to pimp that ride. The second-generation Boosted boards unveiled today keep the same, classic longboard styling and bamboo deck, but are otherwise different beasts. For starters, the boards will now take you a lot further thanks to swappable batteries and an extended-range option that increases average distance from 6-7 miles to 12-14 miles. Bigger 80mm wheels, custom-built trucks and various improvements to the motors and transmission should make those longer trips that much smoother, too.

All the important parts are now shielded against water damage, making puddles less of an obstacle, and are "modular" according to Boosted, allowing sidewalk surfers to fix and upgrade their boards without professional assistance. There's also a new port for powering accessories like headlights, and finally, a new dual Bluetooth radio setup for keeping a strong connection to the throttle/brake remote and Boosted's iPhone and Watch apps. Best of all, the second-generation electric boards are selling for the same price as their predecessors: $999 for the Single, $1,299 for the Dual and $1,499 for the Dual+. When you've settled on what kind of top speed you'd be comfortable with, throw in an extra $100 and you'll get the extended-range battery as standard.

Boosted is asking for a $100 refundable deposit to reserve one (no Kickstarter campaign this time around), with the first electric boards shipping towards the end of July. International certification also means riders outside the US can jump on a Boosted board for the first time. Come fall, shipping will be expanded to Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe, including the UK.

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